Two directors will oversee the Naples Players’ production of Boeing Boeing. However, three individuals are the ones in control.
Jessica Walck is expecting a third child next week, the second being Jessica Walck’s first child. This is good news, considering the game was opened Wednesday. James Duggan, the co-director of this game, was the only person who could keep the stork away from them.
Duggan also serves as theater’s box office manger. Duggan has previously directed plays and performed readings for theatergoers. His first complete-length work is “Boeing Boeing”.
He is aware that his thesis was not a beginning’s thesis. “Boeing Boeing” is a mix of crazy and chaotic. The 1965 film adaptation featured Jerry Lewis as the legendary mastermind behind mayhem.
Duggan stated Monday that it was a “door slam” in Act 2. And in the high-rise apartment of Bernard, a self-proclaimed Don Juan who romanticizes three international flight attendants with different flight schedules, there are plenty of doors to slam, each under the illusion that she is his fiancée. Naples Players has six doors, as well as a double-set for bigger appearances or larger pratfalls.
It’s not that easy to make comedy.
Baby, Walck, Duggan all know that timing is crucial. The cue lights behind each door change from green to red when the actor is ready to enter a scene. However, the actors already listen to her specific clues.
Duggan said, “You need to be just as present behind the scenes as you are upstage.”
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Other challenges exist, he said. He said, “You must live in an actual environment.” Farce can be described as a science. There must be energy and listening, in addition to timing.
Walck said, “That is the hardest part.” “You’re trying to get a timing and you ask them to live in a real space, listen and respond, and do it spontaneously in front of the audience. That’s the hard part of getting all of this.
“That’s the beauty of the farce. When you give that energy there is a ‘liveliness’ and a spontaneity so that the audience sits on the edge of their seat with you. They really feel invested in what is going on even though it’s so utterly ridiculous. You’re wondering, ‘What’s going to happen?’ “
Set up yet another challenge, she said, “Here are four different accents on this show. There are French, German, Italian, and Southern (USA).”
The Naples Players actually hired an accent trainer to work with the flight attendants and Berthe. You have to set an accent without losing the intelligibility of your words for the theater-goer.
Part of Duggan’s training in this production is to have the piece developed over weeks of rehearsals. It’s a slower pace that gave him and Walck time to try different approaches with moments in the piece.
“I had to tell myself it was normal. This is where we should be,” said Duggan, who is more familiar with limited rehearsal times. There is also more time to give the actors input into the production, which Walck finds critical: “I have the feeling that if you have this input into your character, it belongs to you.”
‘Boeing Boeing’ a proven hit
Moliere and the nobility in “Les Miz” can sob into their lace cuffs; this 1962 piece by Marc Camoletti claims to be the most played French play in history. It ran in the UK for seven years and also set fire to Asian stages. They quickly became successful films in America, Egypt and five different dialects of India. Oddly enough, the play didn’t impress Broadway until its 2009 revival, which garnered countless Tony nominations and two statues. Walck saw that.
“I had seen a couple of different productions of it and was really excited. And we did Don’t Dress for Dinner by the same writer a couple of seasons ago, and I really loved working on it. ”She replied. Walck directed the film, and Duggan was the lead character. He is a brutal husband called Bernard. “I felt this was a good choice. This is a fun, uplifting comedy.
Bernard is showing his skill with an universal flight plan to choose conquests for Robert. It won’t feel as exhilarating when Boeing introduces a faster, more efficient jet.
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On the same day, all three flight attendants make it to Orly International Airport. “Boeing Boeing” opened 12 years before Charles de Gaulle Airport. It’s a remarkable leap to change frames and open doors between Bernard and Robert, Berthe’s housekeeper.
It could prove difficult to see the old-fashioned piece as it was set at a time when women were not viewed in the same way. Both Walck and Duggan believe that most people can see the time as it is, and enjoy laughing at it.
Walck said, “We really lean into the 60s.” The flight attendants’ crayola jacket-coat-pillbox-hat uniforms and crawling Hollywood string music – including a ghastly cha-cha rendition of “Moon River” – are strong reinforcements.
She said, “It’s just fun and entertainment.” We all require that right now.
Harriet Howard Heithaus is a reporter for Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com. She reports about arts and entertainment. Contact them at 239-213-6091.
This is what:Naples Players Production of French Farce
What time: Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00 PM from now until October 24th
Where:Sugden Community Theater at 701 Fifth Ave. S. Naples
Purchase:Naplesplayers.org and 239-263-7990
There are restrictions on covid-19 The Theater Guidelines can be found online under Plan Your Visit. They are subject change so gamers are encouraged to verify them on the day they are to take place.
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